Cheam June Wei Cruises in Syed Modi India International Opener

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Cheam June Wei wins tough opener at 2022 Syed Modi India International. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)
Cheam June Wei wins tough opener at 2022 Syed Modi India International. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)

Lucknow: The World No. 72 Cheam June Wei of Malaysia toiled for 64 minutes before beating Canadian and World No. 68 Sheng Xiaodong in the 2022 Syed Modi India International first-round match on Tuesday.

Cheam lost the first game 19-21. The Malaysian then saved a match-point in the second set, coming back from 19-20, and reeled off three consecutive points to force a decider by winning the second game 22-20.

The 24-year-old Malaysian was leading pretty much all the way in the decider to triumph with a 21-17 third set win.

Since Cheam announced that he’s quitting the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and turned pro, he had suffered first-round exits at both the 2021 BWF World Championships and the 2022 India Open. This time, he was finally able to get pass the first round.

He will play the winner from the match between Jason Teh Jia Heng of Singapore or Kaushal Dharmamer of India in the second round.

In an all-Malaysian women’s doubles first-round battle, the independent pair – Vivian Hoo/Lim Chiew Sien needed 37 minutes to overcome Go Pei Kee/Yap Ling 21-15, 21-12. Hoo/Lim will meet the winners between Sri Sai Sravya Lakkamraju/Swetaparna Panda or Palak Arora/Unnati Hooda next.

The second-day action will feature other Malaysian players such as Chan Peng Soon/Valeree Siow, Chen Tang Jie/Peck Yen Wei (mixed doubles), Ng Tze Yong, Soong Joo Ven (men’s singles), Man Wei Chong/Tee Kai Wun, Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub Azriyn/Lim Khim Wah (men’s doubles), and Anna Cheong Ching Yik/Teoh Mei Xing, Low Yeen Yuan/Valeree Siow (women’s doubles).

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